Pakistan demands ICC action against India for wearing military cap


A couple of ministers in the nation had voiced their opinion regarding the same and demanded the International Cricket Council to interfere.

Qureshi was speaking to the media in Sukkur.

Fawad added that Pakistan and India should promote peace in the region but Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was trying his best to gain political points using the current situation.

Days after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tried to corner Pakistan in worldwide cricket seeking its isolation in the wake of the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14, killing over 40 CRPF jawans, the neighbouring nation found an opportunity to hit back after the Indian cricket team chose to don camouflage military caps in the third ODI against Australia in Ranchi on March 8 in memory of the martyred soldiers.

In the third ODI in Ranchi on March 8, the Indian team sported military caps as a mark of respect to the CRPF personnel who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack and donated its match fee to the National Defence Fund. On the day of the match, the Board of Control for Cricket in India wrote on their official twitter account: "Team India will be sporting camouflage caps today as mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forces".

MS Dhoni, who is an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Indian territorial army, distributed the caps to the team before the toss. By wearing the caps, the Indian team has politicised the Gentleman's Game, Dawn quoted the Information Minister as saying.

He shared a picture of Indian players in a tweet and warned that if Indian cricket team would not be stopped, then Pakistan cricket team should wear black bands to remind the world about Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir. "Sports can defuse tension but not like this".

The Indian cricket team's gesture was considered as an incident of mixing sport and politics in Pakistan.

The suicide bombing killed 40 in Kashmir and prompted India to launch an air strike inside Pakistan, which responded with an aerial attack the next day.